Zhijun Chen

Dr. Zhijun Chen PhD

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Droevendaalsesteeg 10
6708 PB Wageningen

+31 (0) 317 47 34 00

The Netherlands


Agro-hydrological processes; Evapotranspiration; Microbial ecology; Greenhouse gas emissions from saline-sodic farmlands


2021- to date
PhD in Microbial Ecology, the Netherlands Institute of Ecology, the Netherlands

2018- to date
PhD in Soil Science, Shenyang Agricultural University and China Agriculture University, China

2015- 2018
MSc in Soil Science, Shenyang Agricultural University, China

2011- 2015
BSc in Agricultural water and soil Engineering, Shenyang Agricultural University, China

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  • VolControl: Enhancing Production of Pathogen-Suppressing Volatiles

    Project 2022–2026
    VolControl will examine the possibility to enhance control of soil-borne fungal crop diseases via stimulation of production of pathogen-suppressing volatiles by soil microbes. The working hypothesis is that these volatiles will be released by bacteria upon decomposition of selected organic materials that contain precursors of suppressive volatiles. During the first phase of the project, different organic materials will be screened and the ones that give the most promising results will be further tested for disease suppressing performance in greenhouse - and field trials. In addition, information will be provided on the identity of the produced suppressing volatiles and the microbes that release these volatiles. The project will be done in close collaboration with participating companies to optimize application perspectives
    VolControl Project overview